Launch of important book on mental health

An important new publication about recovery from mental illness, with contributions from several local people, is to be launched later this month at Stonehouse Books in Kilkenny.

An important new publication about recovery from mental illness, with contributions from several local people, is to be launched later this month at Stonehouse Books in Kilkenny.

The launch will be performed by well known lecturer and psychologist Dr Fergus Heffernan, and will include short presentations from Kilkenny based GP Dr Ronan Fawsitt, recovery researcher Dr Mike Watts and personal stories of recovery from local members of GROW.

The book is called ‘Soul Survivors Vol 3: Stories of Recovery: from Despair to Hope’. Edited and produced over the past three years by members of Grow in Kilkenny, the book contains a wealth of practical advice from people who have recovered from various forms of mental illness such as depression, anxiety or social phobia or from more serious diagnoses such as bi-polar disorder or schizophrenia.

The book is being described as ‘essentially a book of hope, easy to read, good humoured, often inspiring and filled with practical wisdom’.

As well as contributions from local members of GROW, the book draws on the experience of GROW members from around Ireland, and international recovery experts from USA, Australia and New Zealand.

It also contains articles from nine well known Irish mental health professionals: psychiatrist Dr Ivor Browne, GP Dr Ronan Fawsitt, psychologists Dr Tony Bates, Professor Orla Muldoon and Dr Maureen Gaffney, counsellor and journalist Padraig O’Morain and social activists and spiritual leaders such as John Lonergan, Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, Paul Bokslag and Mark Patrick Hederman.

The launch takes place on Thursday, February 20 in Stonehouse Books, Kieran Street at 6pm. The evening will commence with traditional Irish music and song provided by a local group and all who attend can relax in the pleasant atmosphere of Stonehouse Books while enjoying a complementary glass of wine or fruit juice.

Since the publication of A Vision for Change in 2006 the Irish government have given a committment to making mental health services more recovery-oriented. This book can be a most valuable resource to anyone who wants to learn how to help themselves overcome depression or anxiety or come to terms with the effects of bereavement, bullying or other kinds of abuse.

For more information on the publication, contact GROW 056-7761624.